Fringe Benefits

How to set up an employee pension plan in Southeast Asia I am a manager of a footwear production company, with factories and operations in Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia. I started the company with three partners about two years ago. Since then the company has become profitable, but at the same time we face

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Work This Way

Foreigners with degrees forego work permits, however… Dear Antoine and Caroline, I am a Turkish citizen, planning to move to Vietnam permanently. I heard that a new decree has been issued allowing foreigners with three years work experience and a bachelor’s degree the ability to obtain work in Vietnam without a work permit. Is this

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Rooms Available

Must-knows before starting a hotel business. Dear Antoine and Caroline, I’m looking for information on how to register a hotel license in Vietnam. I am an EU and Australian national. The Vietnamese economy is booming and I understand that you are enthusiastic about setting up a business here. However, unlike many Western countries, such as

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Banking Globally, Locally

Ways to diversify your banking needs outside of Vietnam I am an American citizen and have been running a small textile business in Vietnam for just over ve years. Since my company is incorporated solely in Vietnam, I have been conducting all of my corporate and individual banking activities through my Vietnam- ese bank accounts.

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The Kids are not Alright

What to do if you suspect child abuse Dear Antoine and Caroline, I hear my neighbors yelling all the time. They have a kid and I have seen him several times with bruises on his body. I am very worried about him. Do you know if there is anything I can do to help him?

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See You In Court!

Keep calm and find an alternative method to settling legal disputes in Vietnam Dear Marijn, My name is Azad and I work for a Turkish manufacturing company. We’ve been operating in Vietnam since 2008 and throughout the years we’ve been involved in a few minor business disputes. Once, we even started court proceedings in Ho Chi

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Estate of Affairs

Navigating the pros and cons of investing in the real estate market Hi Sven, I’m a French citizen currently living in Ho Chi Minh City. I would like to invest in local assets. I’ve tried to open a stock trading account with a local brokerage but it seems like the stock market is extremely volatile, and

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Taxation Elimination

The European Union-Vietnam free trade agreement, what’s in it for me? Dear Marijn, I am an importer of dairy products from Europe. Initially, I focused on butter and buttermilk, but more recently I have started importing dairy spreads and blue-veined cheese as well. I saw an item on the television about a new free trade agreement between the European Union

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Houston, We Have A Problem

Comparing investment risks between here and abroad Dear Sven, What advice do you have for a Vietnamese/US dual citizen who wants to buy a house in the US instead of saving money in Vietnamese banks or investing in domestic assets in such unstable conditions? And what about renting the house while staying in Vietnam? I’m

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The Viet Kieu Treatment – Perks of having dual citizenship

Dear Marijn, I recently started working in Ho Chi Minh City as an architect. I have heard the term “Viet Kieus” used a lot but I don’t really know what it means exactly. I’ve also heard that they enjoy many benefits, for example with investment. Is that true? Even though the Vietnamese term is widely used in practice,

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